True and Not So True Stories of Horrible Workplaces
As a matter of public intrigue, many television shows have taken to trying to recreate various kinds of real-life workplaces in the studio.
Of course, if your kind of workplace is relatively staid, then you won’t have much luck in catching a glimpse of the kind of workplace you’re used to – nobody watches television for the pedestrian reenactment. Workplaces that are insanely funny, intensely-engrossing and even dryly humorous documentaries (think NBCs “The Office”) that have won numerous awards are fair fodder for viewing masses.
Good Fiction, Bad Workplace
Because of the explosion of reality shows in the last half-decade to full-decade, you’ve become privy to both entirely fictional accounts of terrible workplaces and true stories brought to you from around the globe. For one of the newest and freshest such takes on workplace life, watch the Mindy Project, which captures the hand you play in making your workplace horrible or not (to some extent).
For example, the titular character plays a doctor who tries to balance her personal life with business, and her bad days at work usually stem from questionable decisions she made – such as drinking heavily the night before a medical delivery (to cope with her separation from her boyfriend and his subsequent marriage to another woman) and being jailed for public intoxication.
In another episode, the erstwhile doctor engages in an impromptu fling with a handsome colleague (workplace romances tend to make bad workplaces in the long run) and begins to fall for him, even though he doesn’t feel the same way.
Lastly, working in a private practice with loads of uninsured patients coming in doesn’t make for the best workplace environment, especially when one of your doctors (Mindy) can’t ever seem to say no to such patients. As you watch The Mindy Project, keep in mind the importance that her personality has in influencing the character of her colleagues in the office.
The Workplace Environment – Reality Horrors
One of the most explosively popular horrible workplaces that has actually garnered significant fame for just how bad it is, is Amy’s Baking Company. Master Chef Gordon Ramsey, whose show “Kitchen Nightmares” is a top-rated reality program that seeks to help out-of-luck chefs manage their cooking business, stopped by to learn more and see if he could help. The workplace horrors of this show were revealed to the masses and spawned a slew of bad reviews on popular social and review networks.
Amy’s Baking Company is run by husband and wife team Amy and Samy Bouzaglo and the antics in which they were shown to be engaged were ludicrous to the point of lunacy. In the workplace environment, they were shown yelling and cursing at customers who didn’t like their food, berating their own staff ceaselessly and even pushing a customer who was trying to leave. Samy pushed him because the patron had already ordered food that was taking too long to be served and decided to just leave.
As if anyone needs to be told that a restaurant owner placing his or her hands on a customer is completely off-limits, the workplace horror stories don’t stop there: the employees are forced to give their tips to Samy. Yes; you read that right – the owner pockets his employees’ tips! It probably doesn’t get much worse than this in the civilized world when it comes to the work environment, so count yourself lucky that you don’t work at an establishment like this.
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